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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:02 am 
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Hi Mcnewsxp,

Snare rattle is the bane of all drummers, and a compromise can be reached with a little patience.

turn snare upside down balance smnare evenly across the drum, then use your clips, I personally preffer coated string as i can get a tighter pull, thus giving me more control over the tight and you will break your snares with the reverberation of the snare underskin, to soft and you have shocking rattle...if you have abass player around you, get him to play as you are slowly tightning the snares, you will hear imediatly where the best position is.

stay away from taping down the snares underneath, not good at all for the sound.
also use of a donut or drum ovals (rings to dampen the top of the snare) will help you to get a great snappy snare with decent attack and fast decay.

hope this helped.

later guys

 Post subject: Re: snare rattle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:03 am 
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Some things to keep in mind.

- Loud drums and music will not be affected by snare rattle.

- A thick snare side head - a clear Remo Diplomat as opposed to a Diplomat hazy snare head - will more prone to snare rattle. At the same time, the thicker head will cut down the amount of snare sound, for a more 'rock and roll' tone.

- The snares must be properly centered on the snare head and the tension must be equal on both sides of the drum - and if cords are used to tighten the snares, the cords must be equally tensioned. Sometimes, all it takes is to pinch the cords next to the strainer under tension.

- The toms and kick drum will set up simpathetic vibrations in the snares. Tune the other drums away from simpathetic frequencies. The rack tom can be a real problem, but tuning it fairly tight will keep the snares from rattling.

- Producers are now recording each drum in individual sessions ... would never work for Elvin Jones ... :D

 Post subject: Re: snare rattle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:42 am 
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Thanks, LG, welcome to the forum!


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 Post subject: Re: snare rattle
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:45 pm 
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thanks for the advice guys.
i solved the problem by purchasing a better snare drum.
several of the tips worked for a while.
but i guess my basement's humidity and temperature fluctuate too much for me to keep up with.
i have a dehumidifier, but i'm not sure how consistent the moisture level is.
the new drum never rattles.

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